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  1. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is hands down one of the best TV shows that exist and there's probably not a single person who hasn't watched the show and loved the hilariously dysfunctional family. With the country under lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a lot of popular shows are coming back on air because everyone loves to feel a little bit nostalgic. After Ramayan and Mahabharat, now even Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and Khichdi are making a comeback as well and honestly, that should be enough to keep everyone who can stay at home during this pandemic remain indoors. © hats off productions The best thing about the show was how every character was hilarious and how good the chemistry among the entire cast was. And, who wouldn't want to see Maya and Monisha fight once again with Indravadan aggravating them even more? And, how can we forget Maya's iconic insults, and Rosesh's poems that we can still quote to this day. The show is 16 years old and yet, people still talk about it all the time. Now, that's how you know you've made an incredible show. And since it first started airing almost two decades ago, the cast has changed a lot, so here's how everyone looks now. After all, it'll be a great throwback before we catch the episodes today. Ratna Pathak Shah - Maya Sarabhai © sarabhai The woman, the myth, the legend. While all Hindi daily soaps were filled with âsaas-bahuâ fights, Maya was not like every evil âsaasâ, in fact, I'm pretty sure she would call all of them middle class and downmarket. Satish Shah - Indravadan Sarabhai © sarabhai The man who caused almost every fight Maya and Monisha had, he was hilarious and his jibes at Maya and him annoying Rosesh to the point where he goes 'MOMMA' were one of the biggest highlights. Rupali Ganguly - Monisha Sarabhai © sarabhai The bargain queen! She has never paid full price for anything in her life and honestly, sp much respect. Moreover, whining 'Sahil' and 'daddyji' were just loved by everyone. Sumeet Raghavan - Sahil Sarabhai © sarabhai Probably the only normal person in the family but he still had his moments. And, it was just straight-up hilarious to see him get caught between his mom and his wife in every episode. Rajesh Kumar - Rosesh Sarabhai © sarabhai 'Momma ka purse jaise hospital ki pyaari koi nurse' - so many chills, Rupi Kaur, who? His poems were honestly way ahead of his times, there were so profound. I'm not kidding when I say I would buy an entire book of his eccentric poems, they're just that amazing. View the full article
  2. Indiaâs national air carrier, Air India has been monumental in several rescue missions historically and continues to do so amidst the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. Its latest heroic feat though drew appreciation from the most unlikely quarters - Pakistanâs Air Traffic Control (ATC). Air India recently operated two flights - a Boeing 777 and a 787 - to ferry European and Canadian citizens stuck in India amidst the lockdown to Frankfurt, Germany, along with relief materials from New Delhi and Mumbai. On its way to Frankfurt, when the flights entered the Pakistani airspace, the exchange between the Indian pilot and Pakistanâs ATC is something we all feel about the Airlineâs achievement. "As we entered Pakistan's Flight Information Region (FIR) and the Pakistan Air Traffic Controller (ATC) greeted us 'Assalaam Alaikum! This is Karachi's control welcoming Air India for relief flights to Frankfurt,â" the senior captain of the relief flight told ANI in an exclusive interview. Pakistanâs Air Traffic Control didnât just welcome the Air India flights into their airspace but they also took a moment to appreciate the efforts of the latter at a time when no kind gesture is too small and no person too big to help. © Reuters After Pakistan's ATC cleared the Air India flights through the countryâs Flight Information Region, they were quoted saying, "We are proud of you that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights, good luck!" "Thank you so much," the captain of the flight responded. But that wasnât all. Pakistanâs ATC also helped the AI flights get clearance from the Iranian airspace by conveying the Indian jetsâ cor-ordinates and other details to the Tehran ATC. "For the first time in my entire career as a pilot, Iran gave a direct routing for about 1,000 miles, a privilege enjoyed as special flights, in all especially in the recent tense situation in the Iranian airspace," the AI captain told ANI. The gesture has been drawing praises on Twitter as people are calling this a victory for humanity: Before everything else we are humans , we need compassion , love , appreciation and togetherness. Borders , hatred , intolerance , inequality are all the constructs of insecure distrustful little souls. â Stay Home Stay Safe (@battleofshire) April 5, 2020Humanity never dies Sir. â syedfasiuddin (@syedfas10002423) April 5, 2020Awesome to hear that! Ofcourse humanity comes first and afterall we are all part of same motherland divided by politics!The common ppl there live n some of wrst conditions & hv zero rivlary with India. lyk here cuz f a grp of hatemongers,the undue hate exists. kudos! Thks 2 dm â Sruthy Suresh (@Sru2890) April 5, 2020Thanks Shashi and the captain of Air India for sharing love message. Let's defeated hate with love #SpreadTheLove #WorldFightsCorona #IndiaFightsCorona â Ahmar Siddiqui (@ahmar_99) April 5, 2020Air India will operate 18 more flights to ferry German, French, Irish and Canadian nationals stuck in India, as requested by their respective embassies. Besides this, the airlines will also bring in essential medical equipment to Delhi from Shanghai via cargo flights scheduled to run till April 9. While these unsung heroes continue to do their bit in fighting the pandemic, we request our readers to also contribute in saving the world in the easiest way possible - by staying home. View the full article
  3. Taking to Instagram, the Split star said she developed 'mild flu-like symptoms' 18 days ago.
  4. Mass evacuations are nothing new for Indiaâs flag carrier airline. Way back in 1990, Air India helped save over 100,000 lives by coordinating the Gulf War evacuation, a mass-scale effort that lasted 59 days and cemented the airline in record books and even the silver screen in 2016âs Airlift. Medical evacuations are quite a different ballgame, however. Earlier this February, flights 1348 and 1349 from Wuhan to Delhi marked a major achievement for Air India, as it successfully planned and executed its first ever medical evacuation across the airlineâs 73-year history. Hereâs how it went down, and how Air India plans to conduct itâs next coronavirus mission to and from Tel Aviv, Israel. The Game Plan © Reuters Caption:The aircraft used to carry the mission out were a pair of Boeing 747s, staffed by 15 cabin crew members and two sets of pilots. Presiding over the Wuhan mission and present on both flights was Captain Amitabh Singh, Director of Operations, Air India - the very man behind wartime evacuations from Iraq, Jordan & Kuwait. Despite having barely a day to rescue 647 stranded Indians, Singh was confident in the capabilities of his 20-man team. "Fortunately,â remarked Singh, âsince Air India has always been involved in a lot of evacuations, we have a team that is always ready and we just had to pick up the phone and tell the team that this is the operation." The first challenge came as a result of the Chinese authoritiesâ airport schedule, which forced Air India to plan for an 8PM CST landing - meaning that time was of the essence for the departure crew in Delhi. âBoth the flights left Delhi at 12.50 in the afternoon,â continued Singh. âThe first time the aircraft was on the ground for six-and-a-half hours in Wuhan while on the second flight we stayed for eight hours and 15 minutes. Those who were operating the special flights were only allowed to go till the aerobridge.â What Happened In Wuhan © Reuters Caption: Staff wearing protective suits wait to check passengers boarding flights in Wuhan. While getting to Wuhan was the easy part, Captain Singhâs main challenges would stem from the fact that the Chinese city was under total lockdown - meaning that no supplies, medical equipment or spares for the aircraft would be available to him. The solution was simple - Captain Singh manned the aircraft not just with cabin crew and a team of equipped medical professionals - the aircraft also carried engineering staff with spares, commercial staff to calculate load once the airliner was ready for takeoff, a pair of doctors and dispatchers who had to coordinate with Air Traffic Control. After landing in Wuhan, the local Indian Consulate began to coordinate with Captain Singhâs team - sending evacuees in batches to the airport as the aircraft was refuelled and system checks were conducted. Finally, a systematic three-layer check was carried out by the medical team before allowing any of the evacuees home - flights 1348 and 1349 were clearly not interested in taking any chances. In Flight Clinic © Reuters Caption: A view of the Boeing 747 carrying out an emergency stop at Mumbai airport. Hereâs where the unique design of the Boeing 747 came into play, and why it was chosen by Captain Singh for the mission - take a look at the photograph above. Behind the smaller Boeing 777, the 747 looms at a towering 64 feet, owing to its double decker design. While the upper floor on the aircraft was reserved for the pilots and cabin crew, the first-class section underneath the cockpit was reserved for doctors and engineers. The doctors for both flights were separately selected from Delhiâs Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung Hospitals. Even after the stringent screening process, the doctors set up a makeshift clinic in the aerobridge which carried all the evacuees - giving the passengers information on their situation and instructing them on how to wear facemasks and the hygiene standards they would have to maintain in order to curb the virusâ spread. Soon after, India would repeat this feat by rescuing 263 Indians from Italy, which has the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. The Tel Aviv Operation © Reuters Caption: A single orthodox Jewish man goes through Tel Avivâs deserted airport. Following Prime Minister Modiâs lockdown announcement this Tuesday, the Indian Pilots Guild and Indian Commercial Pilots Association wrote a joint letter to the PMâs office, asserting their support and willingness to carry out operations regardless of the pandemicâs scale. "Air India as the national carrier has always been proud to fulfill a myriad of diverse and challenging missions, whenever required by the government to fulfill this obligation," it read. The letter echoes the sentiment behind a mission thatâs currently underway at the time of writing this piece - flying 300 stranded Israelis to Tel Aviv, and returning with Indian nationals stuck in the Israeli capital. While the number of Indians weâll be seeing at Delhi airport after the flightâs return was not divulged, the aircraft chosen was a Boeing 777, which as per Air Indiaâs specifications, can fit upto 368 passengers. Air Indiaâs next evac mission is to evacuate about 20,000 Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia, which has 900 cases confirmed - officials have not shared any more details. Itâll prove to be the airlineâs biggest evacuation challenge since the Gulf War. Thankfully, we definitely have the best man for the job. View the full article
  5. We've all heard that there are as many as seven people in the world who look exactly like you. But, Meghan Markle definitely has more because I have officially lost count of the number of people who have claimed and continue to claim that they look exactly like her. View the full article
  6. Co-produced by Abdullah Kadwaani and Asad Qureshi, Muqaddar will air on Geo from Monday night, February 17.
  7. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan meets Pakistan Junior Squash Team. Photo: Geo.tv/HandoutChief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, on Thursday congratulated the Pakistan Junior Squash Team on their performance in the recently-concluded British Junior Open Squash Championship at Birmingham, according to a press release. The Air Chief, who is also the president of the Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), met the team and lauded them on their performance and awarded cash prizes to the players. Read more: Squash starlet Hamza Khan clinches British Junior Open 2020 The air marshal awarded Hamza Khan a cash prize worth Rs500,000 for winning the under-15 title. Air chief awards cash prize worth 5 lakhs to British Junior Open winner Hamza Khan. Photo: Geo.tv/HandoutWhile interacting with the players, the Air Chief said the nation was proud of young squash player Hamza Khan, who brought laurels to the country by winning the championship after eight years. He appreciated the hard work put in by the coaching staff for providing international standard training and coaching facilities to the young players. He also lauded the PSF's efforts in making concerted efforts for bringing back the lost glory in the game of squash.
  8. Delhi's air pollution problem needed urgent fixing and the government has finally launched a pilot project to tackle the ongoing problem of smog. In the capital, a 20-feet air purifier has been installed in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market. © Kickstarter/Concept Image The Air Purifier tower has been installed to reduce the particulate matter in the area and experts involved with the project claim it will be able to reduce the same by 80%. Delhi has experienced dangerous levels of air pollution this winter which has been at an alarming level these past few days. © Youtube This is not the first time we've seen air purifiers being installed in cities to combat the problem of air pollution. China has already been experimenting with air purifiers appropriate for cities for a while and has installed the world's biggest air purifier two years ago. As a result of the same, air quality saw improvement in an area of 10 square kilometres over a period of few months and the tower produced more than 10 million cubic metres of clean air in the same period of time. #Delhi gets first #smog tower to combat #Airpollution in LajpatNagar, cost borne by @BjpEastdelhi's #MP @GautamGambhir Foundation - delhi news - Hindustan Times pic.twitter.com/4SYljfDAha — The Sunil Kapoor™ (@sunilkapoor8) January 3, 2020 Similarly, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to take inspiration from China and come up with a roadmap on installing smog towers in NCR. The newly installed tower cost Rs 7 lakh and was procured by the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. The average running cost of the tower is Rs 30,000 per month and will be paid by the traders' association of Lajpat Nagar. This particular smog tower will treat the air in a circumference area of 500-750 square meters and will be able to treat 2,50,000 to 6,00,000 cubic metre of air per day. View the full article
  9. It's the beginning of a new year, and it looks like Samsung is looking to kick things off in the tech space with a new TV that looks like the one to buy this year. Samsung usually shows off new products at the CES show floor but this year, it looks like we won't have to wait for that. According to a German site 4KFilme, Samsung's new 8K TV will be ready to ship this year. The site has posted the pictures of these TVs on its site and says those are the first pictures of the 8K set which might be called the Q900T or Q950T. © 4KFilme We're not sure if the images are accurate, but if they are, then we're looking at the first TV with almost no bezels. We say almost because there's still a noticeable chin at the bottom. It's still smaller than the ones found on other TVs but it looks a little big compared to the other three sides. The site also says that it'll ship with a soundbar-friendly stand and a gap-free wall mount like before. Gap-free wall mount, for those of you who don't know, makes it look as if the panel is hung on the wall like a poster or a photo frame. From a distance, it looks as if you're using a projector to project the visuals on the wall. © 4KFilme Pricing of the TV is still unknown, so we'll still have to wait for that. But obviously, it won't come cheap. We're talking about a TV that has zero bezels after all. It might have a footprint of 65-inches or so because we doubt it'll be feasible to support a massive panel without the bezels. All said and done, we're glad that Samsung is still continuing to push the boundaries and cut off the bezels. This is something that we've been seeing a lot on smartphones and needless to say we'd be very happy to have TVs with so slim bezels. If you have a minimal living room space, then something like this would fit right in. We're also not sure about its India availability yet. So, till then, we have to make peace with Samsung's "The Wall" displays that can cost you to up to Rs 12 crore depending on the size of the panel. Source: 4KFilme View the full article
  10. Men wear protective masks in Pakistan, November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza/FilesISLAMABAD: The prevailing dry weather, coupled with increased humidity and vehicular emissions, have turned the federal capital's air quality unhealthy as an increased ratio of hazardous pollutants was recorded since November. According to the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) air quality data, a high value of particulate matter was recorded — at 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which not only exceeded the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) of 35 micrograms per meter cube (mg/m³) but also the World Health Organization's (WHO) fine PM2.5 24-hour mean of 20mg/m³. The PM2.5 pollution level further exceeded the permissible ratio of 35mg/m³, which was recorded at 71.35 mg/m³ — the highest-ever in the federal capital. In its report, the WHO had claimed air pollution caused a huge number of premature deaths. PM2.5 was found to be a hazardous pollutant that could penetrate human blood through lungs cells. According to the Pakistan EPA's daily ambient air quality report of Islamabad, the 24-hour average ratio of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) were 44.21mg/m³ and 51.70mg/m³, respectively, against the NEQS' 80mg/m³ and 120mg/m³. The data was recorded by calibrated air quality monitors fixed at particular positions with proper readings. However, the PM2.5 concentrations during the day and evening times were recorded to be slightly high, whereas the federal capital's overall ambient air quality was not healthier today. Any other data from any source presenting ambient air quality of Islamabad was neither verified nor approved by the Pakistan EPA, the report said.
  11. Photo: FileJERUSALEM: Israeli military aircraft carried out air strikes against the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, the army said, in what it called a response to a rocket fired from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave. Warning sirens had cut short a rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he campaigned on the eve of his Likud party's primaries being held on Thursday, public television reported. "Planes and helicopters hit several Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Military posts were among the targets," the Israeli army said in a statement. The army had earlier said "a projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory and was intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system". Israel's public broadcaster KAN 11 showed images of a security guard informing Netanyahu of a "red alert" late Wednesday. The prime minister waved goodbye before being hustled from the room with his wife Sarah. On September 10, the head of the Likud party had also been evacuated from an election rally, in the southern city of Ashdod, after sirens warned of an attack from Gaza. On Thursday, the embattled premier will face off against longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud leadership contest that could threaten his grip on power. Last week, two rocket attacks were launched against Israel from Gaza without causing injury, Israel's army said. In response, Israeli warplanes twice bombed Hamas installations in the enclave. Israel holds the Islamist movement responsible for all rocket attacks coming from Gaza, though the Jewish state also targets other armed groups operating there. Since 2008, Israel has waged three wars against Hamas and its armed allies in Gaza, where two million Palestinians live amid violence, poverty and a 10-year Israeli blockade.
  12. What is the weather in Lahore today? The weather in Lahore today is expected to be partly sunny, with the highest temperature expected to reach 17° and the lowest temperature expected to reach 7°. What is the air quality (AQI) in Lahore today? The air quality in Lahore today is Hazardous, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 414. Humidity: 81% Wind: 2.2 km/h Pressure: 1018 mb
  13. What is the weather in Islamabad today?The weather in Islamabad today is expected to be cloudy and sunny, with the highest temperature expected to reach 19°and the lowest temperature expected to reach 6°. What is the air quality (AQI) in Islamabad today?The air quality in Islamabad today is unhealthy, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 158 .Humidity: 33% Wind: 16.6 km/hPressure: 1019 mb
  14. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: FileAn air ambulance will arrive in Lahore tomorrow (Wednesday) to take former prime minister Nawaz Sharif out of the country for treatment, said PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday.The...
  15. Photo courtesy People.comActress Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Trump Jr, the US president?s son, got into a heated exchange on-air during an episode of the talk show, The View.It all began after a host of the show questioned the president?s...
  16. The capital of India has been going through several shifts years on end with varying governments and different issues, which have made the city a bit stagnant from time to time. While Nirbahya was being debated and discussed, many people gathered in numbers to protest the outwardness of shame and the lack of civil and government responsibility, altogether. Nirbhaya affected many on a fundamental level, especially the women, who were concerned about their safety in the city. But it didn't really reach a level of concern where every citizen, from a working official to even an autowallah spoke out it with absolute bias. But that's the entire dilemma of a pressing issue. It affects a few while many become complacent towards it, assuming the government will do whatever it can to resolve it. © PTI But this time, things were different in Delhi because they impacted every individual residing in the city. Delhi's polluted air has become a global conversation, because it's the first time in the history of an economically developing state, to go through something so fundamental and basic. The alarming level of pollution hitting the city is ineffable. The rising Air Quality Index (AQI) has become a cause for concern and Delhi's almost unliveable so to speak. The demand for clean air is almost poetic now and because it's something that's available on an autopilot, complacency to act on dispensing more toxic air from the surroundings has risen tremendously. PM 2.5, fine particulate matter that can permeate through even masks and enter the bloodstream and cause major health issues, is part of this toxic air the citizens are breathing in the national capital and even after enforcing laws to reduce pollution in the city, the city still breathes in poison. © Indian Express Most of the unhealthy air comes from Punjab, where the farmers burn stubble during harvest season since they have no other way to rid the leftover crop. Stubble burning produces hazardous air, which is then carried away by the wind, towards the capital and other neighbouring cities. Although stubble burning became a big part of the harvest cycle since the past few years, the stagnation of polluted and toxic air was overlooked by all ruling governments in the past, till it actually became a visible hell for the residents of the city. Apart from the stubble burning, the other factors contributing towards the rising AQI were, obviously, firecrackers since harvest usually comes around Diwali, dust from the roads, industrial pollution and pollution caused by the vehicles on the road. All these contributing factors are risking a population of almost 2 crores, while the inadequate action taken by both State and the Central Government is almost deafening. © Let Me Breath Keeping all these nuances in place, Delhi saw something very different for the first time. Almost 1,500 people gathered around Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate on the 5th of November 2019 to address the lack of political will on sustainably tackling the monstrous issue at hand. What was different about this protest? Well, the demand for seeking very basic and fundamental-clean and breathable air. The fact that people threw caution to the wind in openly defying the police and came out to protest tells us how bad the situation really is. From influencers in every realm to even autowallahs, everyone had an opinion to express and, of course, the most legit question of the moment was- what are the immediate steps to tackle the situation at hand? The protest was organised by Vimlendu Jha, a renowned environmentalist, Shuchir Suri, founder of Food Talk India and Tamseel Hussain from the 'Let Me Breath' Foundation which uses mobile storytelling and public engagement to help people fight climate change and pollution issues in the country. "What started with an Instagram post in just 36 hours brought thousands of people on the streets. People spoke about protecting farmers and solving the stubble burning issue, protecting forests, reducing pollution through better transport amongst many things. But the most critical part of their demands was asking the CM Kejriwal, PM Modi, CM Khattar, CM Yogi and CM Captain Singh to work together and solve this crisis. They don't want to be a part of the blame game - but want to be a part of a solution. They are sick of this bullshit" - Tamseel told MensXP in an interview. © Let Me Breath While people stood with placards talking about the harmful effects of pollution in the city, many also targeted the government's inaction in the matter. People were more concerned about the political will of the leaders and wanted to know how they would eventually tackle this grave situation. While the initiators believed the present party leaders need to centralise this issue and talk about the solution while sitting together for a meeting, which would provide an immediate remedy, many people also sought to find the answers right then and there. © Twitter "If you believe in something wholeheartedly, it does manifest before your eyes. I had been distraught with Delhi's hazardous pollution situation and thought as a citizen it is my duty to speak up. What started as an innocent Instagram post, transformed into a mass gathering of 1500+ people with a clear agenda of demanding immediate action from our politicians and policy makers. Ranging from students to senior citizens, our common slogan at the protest was 'Right to Breathe'. Moving forward I request all our media channels to play their role in bringing about a change. Clean India starts with Clean Air," said Shuchir Suri, in an interview with MensXP. Mass protest at the India Gate on Tuesday evening to demand clean air @IndianExpress#DelhiPollution #DelhiAirQuality #DelhiAirEmergency pic.twitter.com/PD4yUagFEq — Vidhi Verma (@vidhiverma019) November 5, 2019 While we wait for a tangible solution, there are things we can definitely do to bring down the carbon footprint and relate to the air we're breathing, For instance, plant more trees, decrease industrialisation around cities, promote forest welfare and stop deforestation, stop inhibiting animal land, carpooling to work and reduce the amount of infrastructure construction in the cities. Even though these are more long-term, if practised now, our future generations wouldn't have to live to see an almost apocalyptic space and time! © Twitter "I was away on Diwali, so it was a drastic and sudden air quality difference for me. I landed on Nov 1st after a long vacation on a remote island in South-East Asia (with pristine air) and was shocked at how I was gasping for breath when I got out in the city. Readings on my purifier were off the charts (20 AQI after a night locked in my bedroom- which shoots up to 650+ if my room door is left open for a few minutes) It was/is unbelievable and I took to social media to share my thoughts about how it is not okay for us to normalize this. The AQI is beyond severe and this is not a quality of life any of us should settle for. Protests are necessary in a democracy to get your voice heard and find solidarity. While some of us have been screaming ourselves hoarse over this, there are so many others who aren't informed enough to even know the extent of how bad the air is. (There are kids who still play out in the park!) It was great to see people +media braving the air and coming out last evening to protest. I just read that the PM has called for an enquiry, which is a start." said Shyma Shetty, co-founder of HUEMN, who was also present at the protest that took place. © Twitter A lot of school-kids, who relate to the rising level of pollution very personally, were also protesting and they seemed absolutely disappointed in knowing there has been no solution to this problem yet. “It is very difficult to step outdoors without a mask. Breathing in this air is equivalent to killing yourself,” said Manisha, a government school child. © Twitter Right at this moment, post the Delhi protest, the city is a lot more aware of the direct consequences of the harmful particles we all are breathing. The mobilisation of thousands, through this protest, created a significant ripple effect and we're more hopeful for an apt resolution in the coming time. We just hope the cure is bigger than the cause in the near future and we wish the future is as malleable and breathable as we imagine it to be. Demanding clean air to breath has become a fundamental right and that's shameful, to say the least! View the full article
  17. Xiaomi has announced the successor to the Mi Air Purifier 2 series with a new device that comes with a few upgrades. It comes with a triple-layer filtration which includes a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter and the primary filter. The addition of the new HEPA filter means that the Air Purifier now comes with added purification that eliminates small particles in the air. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Air Purifier 3 is capable of eliminating 99.97% of small pollutants (PM2.5). The activated carbon filter is capable of eliminating formaldehyde, toxic substances and bad odour in the air. © Xiaomi Xiaomi has launched the Mi Air Purifier 3 for Rs 9,999 and is available to purchase today from mi.com. It is capable of covering rooms as large as 484 square feet and comes with a touchscreen OLED display to control the air purifier and track the AQI readings in the room. The air intake is from all four sides of the air-purifier and it is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. © Xiaomi Xiaomi claims that the Mi Air Purifier 3 “has a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of 380m³/h which makes it capable of delivering 6333 litres of purified air every minute with a coverage area of up to 484 square feet." The new purifier by Xiaomi comes at an opportune moment when most of North India has been engulfed by smog. Delhi's pollution levels soared 999 on the air quality index and here's a guide on how to survive this environment in five easy steps. If you are looking for other affordable air purifiers, you can check out our recommendations here. View the full article
  18. People in New Delhi and some other parts of India are currently choking due to dangerous air pollution levels. The toxic skies in India are caused in part by the burning of crops in Punjab. Add to that the toxic fumes thanks to the cracker-bursting during Diwali celebrations and the urban traffic, you find yourself in a toxic gas chamber with extremely high levels of air pollution. And now the World Index has released some data which shows that the people living in India, breathing all the pollution air, may have lost a significant amount of life expectancy. According to the data released by World Index, Indians may have lost an estimated 1.5 years of life expectancy due to the current air pollution levels. Estimated years of life expectancy lost due current air pollution levels ð§ð©Bangladesh: 1.87 ðªð¬Egypt: 1.85 ð³ðªNiger: 1.80 ð¹ð¯Tajikistan: 1.70 ð¦ð«Afghanistan: 1.67 ð³ðµNepal: 1.59 ðµð°PAK: 1.56 ð®ð³India: 1.53 ð¸ð©Sudan: 1.51 ð¦ðªUAE: 1.51 (Health Effects Institute: State of Global Air 2019) — World Index (@theworldindex) November 5, 2019 That may not sound like a huge number, but in hindsight, it's a significant loss. We're not only talking about people who are living in New Delhi here. The current air pollution levels are affecting the people living in other parts too, like Kurukshetra, for instance. It's also worth pointing out that we're not just talking about the adults and children who are suffering right now. We must also consider the unborn children and other life forms entering the world in such adverse conditions. © Reuters And as you can see, India isn't the only country that's currently suffering due to air pollution. Other countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal, Afghanistan, etc. are also suffering, proving that air pollution is a serious issue and must be taken more seriously. Until the air pollution levels go back to the normal state, we highly suggest you stay indoors as much as possible and wear anti-air pollution masks and use air purifiers inside your home too. View the full article
  19. People in Delhi NCR region are living in the worst times currently as the entire city feels like a gas chamber. It has become difficult to breathe and to be outdoors without a mask isn't even an option anymore. However, the smoke and pollution have also crept into our houses, even the underground metro stations. People are gasping for fresh air in and around the city, and Air Quality Index (AQI) has touched 999 in some parts of Delhi and NCR. The air quality is deteriorating at an alarming rate. Even more than 120 hours post Diwali, the air quality is getting worse minute by minute instead of improving. AQI India, recently, shared the 24-hour time lapse video on November 3 which looks totally frightening. The video shows the visibility getting drastically reduced in comparison to the night of November 2. It seems like winter is here and the city is being covered in fog but in reality, it is only thick blanket of smog. Last 24 hours in Delhi were the worst in terms of air quality for this year. Here is a time lapse of Delhi (03 Nov 2019). @rahulkanwal @PrakashJavdekar @sunitanar @CPCB_OFFICIAL @ndtv @ABPNews @htTweets @IndianExpress @HuffPostIndia @guardianeco @CNNnews18 @CNN @TimesNow @NatGeo pic.twitter.com/gbdEnc0Inm — Rohit Bansal (@rohitbsl) November 3, 2019 Delhi government has taken several measures in a bid to curb the effects of rising pollution level and as a result, construction activities in Delhi NCR region has been stalled till November 5. Even the odd even scheme has come into effect from today till November 15. However, there seems to be little to no improvement in the worsening air quality. AQI had also shared a time lapse of the day after Diwali, but it wasn't as bad as the one shared yesterday. Check it out. A timelapse of Diwali day and evening, showing a smog layer covering the city already during the day. As the light show at Connaught Place starts, others are burning fireworks and creating PM2.5 levels higher than 1500.#airpollution #diwali #delhi pic.twitter.com/Ki5Uyq5aKH — AQI India (@AQI_India) October 30, 2019 Unfortunately, we are all breathing poison and the weather department has predicted rain in the coming days, which could provide some respite. Till then, people should stay indoors or shouldn't step outside without a mask. View the full article
  20. People living in the Delhi NCR region are waking up to a horrific sight with most of the city's landscape covered in smog. If you don't live in Delhi, then you may have seen the pictures online. It's exactly how it looks online and it seems pretty dangerous to step outside. If you still don't understand how severe the situation is, then there's an app that might explain things in simple terms. "Sh**t! I Smoke" is a free app that analyses the live pollution data from hundreds of air quality stations in cities and tells you the equivalent daily number of cigarettes you smoke by breathing the polluted air. © Reuters Yeah, it's a pretty accurate name for an app that paints an alarming picture of the air quality in the area that you live in. It was created by a Brazilian designer Marcelo Coelho and French developer Amaury Martiny after they read a study that compared cigarette smoking with living in smog-infested cities. According to the study, one cigarette per day is roughly equivalent PM2.5 level of 22 μg/m3. But unlike smoking, air pollution is affected people of every age group. The app simply finds the location that you live in to pull the live data from your nearest air quality station and produce the results. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It's a quirky app with a great UI. It also tells you how many cigarettes the air pollution is equivalent to over a week's or even a month's time. As someone who is currently surviving the air pollution in Delhi, I was curious to find out exactly how many cigarettes am I smoking with all the smog that's surrounding me. So I downloaded the app on my iPhone, gave it permission to use my location and boom! Here's what I saw: © MensXP So as you can see, my office is located in a pretty polluted location. If I was to sit here and breathe this air, then it's like smoking close to 26 cigarettes. Well, I don't know about you, but that sounds very scary. I mean, being addicted and voluntarily smoking 26 cigarettes a day is one thing, but taking in all the toxic air just by breathing polluted air is completely another. Obviously, each one of us is responsible for the current air emergency situation in Delhi in some or the other way, but I hope this comes to an end. We can't be living in a toxic gas chamber and risk our lives. In the meantime, I highly suggest you buy yourself a good quality anti-air pollution mask and an air purifier for your home. We've listed a few good ones right here, so be sure to check them out. View the full article
  21. If you live in Delhi-NCR, there's absolutely no need to remind you of the pending apocalypse (but I'm going to do it anyway). Terrifyingly high AQI levels, the risk of respiratory diseases skyrocketing while the capital turns into a hazy, smoke-clogged wasteland - it's a dire situation that needs to be reversed ASAP. In the meantime though, the onus is on us to keep healthy and functional. One of the best ways to do this (other than moving to the Himalayas) is getting yourself a functional air pollution mask. With several options out there and millions of uninformed consumers, it's wise to do a bit of research before you make your purchase. Here's our 5-step guide for making sure that you're covered - quite literally. 1. Get Used To The Lingo (c) Reuters The world of air contaminants is complex and varied, with several different kinds of airborne threats to watch out for while you're on your daily commute or just stepping out for a stroll. To better understand what we're purchasing, let's go over the basic certifications that you need to look at before making a purchase. N Rating You've most likely come across masks with N95-N100 ratings. This simply means that the mask is not resistant to oil, and at least filters out the corresponding percentage of airborne particles. Note that masks with only an N rating will help against airborne particles, which make up the majority of pollutants in our air, but do nothing against harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. Carbon Filters Simply put, carbon filters add a layer of protection against toxic gases by trapping them in the form of a small film on the filter, keeping them away from your lungs. FFP Ratings FFP stands for 'Filtering Face-Piece' - this rating system is part of European regulatory bodies. I highly recommend picking out a mask which comes FFP-rated, as not only are they extensively tested, but come with more features and reliability. FFP masks come in FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3 variants. FFP1 comes with 78% efficiency, and is not recommended. FFP2 comes in at 92%, with the ability to filter smaller particles, while FFP3 can take pretty much anything you throw at it. An interesting feature of FFP-rated masks is that they come with useful suffixes - if a mask is rated FFP2-R, it means that it's reusable. If it's rated FFP2-D, it has passed the 'Dolomite test', meaning that it is resistant to clogging and has excellent breathability. CE Certification This means that the mask has been designed or manufactured for European markets - CE certification is the most stringent in the world, but will also result in a more expensive mask. 2. Make Sure It's A Perfect Fit (c) Reuters An ill-fitting mask can result in the user inhaling unfiltered air which may enter from the loose ends of the mask, rendering it useless. An adjustable mask may be able to provide a good fit, which covers the nose, mouth and chin completely without leaving any gaps - this is especially important if you have facial hair. It's always a good idea to try before you buy - remember that these masks come in universal sizes, so that 'small' masks fit only children, while medium and above work for adults. 3. Valves, And Why You Need Them (c) Reuters You might have noticed that several air pollution masks come with circular valves on them. They help ensure clean airflow and also prevent moisture from building up inside the mask, along with preventing fogging around the upper nose, if you wear spectacles. If you're performing any intense outdoor activity in a polluted area, such as a city marathon or a morning run, consider buying a mask with two valves. I own one myself, and it makes breathing in them several times easier. 4. Keep Reusability In Mind (c) Reuters Make sure that whichever mask you buy is usable for a minimum of four months. Picking up a reusable, washable variant allows you to extend the mask's lifespan, but remember - once the filters turn grey or discoloured, it's time to make a new purchase. 5. What To Avoid (c) Reuters All the masks mentioned above should do the trick in keeping your lungs safe. You might have noticed a common type of mask, as shown above - these are surgical masks, and have become common in polluted Indian cities due to misinformation and of course, chalta hai attitude. These are designed to help prevent the spread of bacteria from water vapour we exhale - this is only useful for health professionals and individuals suffering from airborne diseases. So there you have it - a simple, easy guide to follow for your air pollution masks. Make sure to buy one as soon as possible, and encourage your friends and family to keep safe too. View the full article
  22. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul WazirThe minister of state for climate change has blamed neighboring India for sending a toxic haze of smog to Punjab.In a video message on Thursday, Zartaj Wazir Gul, the junior minister, first...
  23. Diwali is over and so is our reason to officially take any leaves in the name of festivals until Christmas; but what's left with all of us is a thick layer of smog and 'hazardous' air that we'll have to breathe on our way to work from now on. Well, thanks to the air quality, at least we can now apply for sick leaves. According to the reports and surveys, Delhi's overall air quality index (AQI) was at 506, a day after Diwali. In the early hours, the AQI reached 999. So, unless you're really terrible in Mathematics, you can calculate how toxic the air has become for us. © Reuters When some people were busy bursting firecrackers and doing their bit to contribute to the already high air pollution in Delhi, there were some who were doing what they are good at - making hilarious memes on air quality. Soon, the hashtag #DelhiChokes started trending and while we were already coughing and sneezing in the 'hazardous' air, these hilarious made us choke more with laughter. Delhites going to work after Diwali : #DelhiChokes #DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/hu6WpG5oxA — Humor Beingð (@followTheGupta) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes Outsiders to delhi people... pic.twitter.com/g58P3kccxI — नादान परिà¤à¤¦à¥ð®ð³ (@Gauri_doonite) October 28, 2019 Delhites today.#DelhiChokes pic.twitter.com/3Bxn7jqqve — Ravi Jha (@ravijhha) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes After Every Diwali Delhi Be Like:- pic.twitter.com/EeLTBG9UDA — Lihos niaj (@LihosN) October 28, 2019 - Alexa! How can I reduce pollution in Delhi? - Here is the list of countries that allows voluntary euthanasia - ...#pollutionfreediwali#pollution#DelhiChokes — vipin (@Garhwali_Guy) October 27, 2019 #DelhiPollution. #DelhiChokes Delhi Guy Going To Work after Diwali pic.twitter.com/PNzrxQvIUQ — S Ravind King (@sravindking) October 28, 2019 #DelhiChokes Delhites after diwali celebrations: pic.twitter.com/SR5U25ZLmZ — Memeswalibandi (@Memeswalibandii) October 28, 2019 View the full article
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